FISH 'N' CHIP SHOP SONG AND OTHER STORIES
Published in 2006 by Random House, NZ, and in Germany by CulturBooks in 2019. This book immediately went to number one on the New Zealand Fiction bestseller list. It was short listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book, Southeast Asia, and South Pacific Region.
Having won prizes in major national competitions for four of these stories, had several selected for anthologies of significant New Zealand writing, with numerous broadcast on radio and one even translated into Mandarin, Carl Nixon was long overdue for a book of his own, collecting his stories together.
Stories that evoke the South Island landscape as well as the New Zealand urban expanse. Stories that take surprising turns as they explore such things as saving a pet parrot, a fruiterer’s true love, a soldier’s return to Crete, an anticipated seduction and the dreams of a suburban mercenary.
There are characters to charm and alarm the reader, characters that are startlingly different and characters that are just like us. There are songs of love and tales of loss, there’s humour and there’s poignancy. Each beautifully told story resonates with a moving depth of emotional understanding.
Penguin NZ, 2023